June 16, 1948

MB. DECHENE-REFERENCE TO REPORT IN EDMONTON "BULLETIN" OF FEBRLURY 26

LIB

Joseph Miville Dechene

Liberal

Mr. J. M. DECHENE (Athabaska):

Mr. Speaker, may I rise to a question of privilege? I shall be as brief as possible. I do not think anyone can accuse me of ever taking up the time of the house, or of the committees. uselessly. That may be because I have reached the age where I realize the value of time and the reasons for not wasting it. Therefore I shall not encroach on it now, nor shall I encroach on eternity, as is sometimes done in this house.

What I am going to speak about is some thing that has just come to my knowledge, although it happened several weeks ago. A friend of mine in Athabaska sent me a copy of the Edmonton Bulletin of February 26, 1948, on the front page of which appears in big block letters, "Fear of Reds silences M.P. in sabotage plot." That refers to me. Underneath the headlines the article appears. I have never been afraid of anybody, neither reds, this man, nor the group he represents. This article is an entire fabrication. I have only one word to describe it, and what it did to me. The man who wrote this is a liar. I hate to use that language. I shall not lose my temper, Mr. Speaker, but in the last election in Athabaska a communist candidate ran. He received more votes than the Conservatives did in Athabaska in 1945. While I abhor communism and everything it stands for, I have many good friends among these people in Athabaska, whom I consider to be more reliable and more dependable than the man who wrote that article without any basis of truth in it. Unless it is corrected, the man who wrote the article should be called before the bar of the house. The paper which published the article should retract it with the same prominence as to heading and type that was used when it was published.

The man who wrote this article asked me for an interview, which I refused. I told him I had nothing more to say. I asked him to look up Hansard, and if he had anything to say about what I had said he could use

Hansard as the basis for his remarks. In spite of my refusal to grant an interview this article was published. That is my point.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


Second report of standing committee on external affairs-Mr. Bradette.


REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY


Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs) moved: That items 52 to 67, both inclusive, of the estimates for 1948-49, approved and reported on by the standing committee on external affairs, be referred to the committee of supply. Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


DIEPPE AND HONG KONG-RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS OF ARMED FORCES

LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. BROWN:

What consideration is being given and action taken in striking a medal or giving other special recognition to members of the armed forces who participated in military engagements at Dieppe and Hong Kong during world war II?

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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Members of the armed forces wTho served in the Dieppe operation are granted the 1939-45 Star, and those who served at Hong Kong are granted the 1939-45 Star and the Pacific Star. It was not the practice of this or other allied countries in the second world war to issue service medals especially in respect of any particular engagement.

In this connection it may be pointed out that in addition to the award of Campaign Stars, special personal recognition was given to

personnel who served in the Dieppe operation and at Hong Kong as follows:-

Dieppe-

Victoria Cross 2

Distinguished Service Order .. 19

Military Cross 29

Distinguished Conduct Medal.. 20

Military Medal 65

Mentions-in-Dispatehes 150

Total 285

Question;

Hong Kong-

Victoria Cross 1

Distinguished Service Order .. 2

Military Cross 7

Distinguished Conduct Medal.. 2

Military Medal 12

Mentions-in-Dispatches 29

Total 53

The following awards were granted for outstanding service by Hong Kong prisoners of war while in prisoners of war camps:

Officer of the British Empire .. 1

Member of the British Empire 6 Distinguished Conduct Medal.. 2

Military Medal 1

British Empire Medal 3

Mentions-in-Dispatches 31

Total 44

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MONCTON AIRPORT

PC

Mr. BROOKS:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is the work being done in paving the runways at the Moncton airport under contract or on a cost plus basis?

2. If under contract (a) what firm is doing the work; (b) what is the amount of the contract?

3. Has a separate contract been given for the purchasing and hauling of the necessary gravel for this work?

4. If so (a) ivho is the contractor; (b) how-much is being paid per yard for the gravel; (c) what distance is the gravel being hauled and at what price per yard?

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LIB

Mr. WINTERS: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. Under contract.

2. (a) The Rayner Construction Co., Lea-side, Ontario; (b) $666,227.75.

3. No.

4. Not applicable.

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EMPLOYMENT-MARITIME PROVINCES

PC

Mr. STANFIELD:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the Department of Labour offered or assisted in securing employment in other provinces of Canada for persons in (a) Nova Scotia; (b)the maritime provinces during the calendar year 1947 and 1948 to date?

2. If so, how many persons left (a) Nova Scotia; (b) the maritime provinces to take up positions in other parts of Canada?

3. What provinces did they move to?

4. How many persons left (a) Nova Scotia; (b) the maritime provinces to take up residence in the United States?

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LIB

Mr. COTE (Verdun): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Yes. The national employment service has a clearance system whereby vacancies that cannot be filled locally are notified to areas where there is a surplus of applicants for employment.

2. Total for all the maritime provinces, 7,740. Total from Nova Scotia included in above, 5,607.

3. The figures given are for all transfers. To show specific information as to where transferred would necessitate detailed examination of 7,740 records. Hansard, page 1283, of February 17, 1948, summarizes the movement. Some were transferred within the maritime provinces, most to Ontario but some to provinces of Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

4. No information is available to answer parts (a) or (b) of this question.

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HARNESSING OP BAY OP FUNDY TIDES


Mr. BROOKS; 1. Has the government or any department thereof received any communciation from the United States department of the international boundary commission recommending the joint investigation of the possibility of a Canadian-American endeavour to harness the tides of the bay of Fundy at Passamaquoddy ? 2. If so, what was the nature of the correspondence and what action, if any, does the federal government intend taking? Mr. ST. LAURENT: 1. On May 21 I received from the United States charge d'affaires in Ottawa a communication regarding the Passamaquoddy tidal power project. 2. In his note, the charge d'affaires inquired whether it would be agreeable to the Canadian government to make a joint reference of this project to the international joint commission for investigation, exploration, survey and report as to its practicability, public convenience and necessity. He added that draft terms of reference would, in due course, be forwarded to the Canadian government for consideration. I replied on May 29, noting the proposal that this matter be studied and that draft terms of reference will be forthcoming and indicated that the proposal for a reference to the international joint commission would receive careful consideration by the appropriate Canadian authorities.


June 16, 1948